"Lina" Giuliano is a whirling dynamo at the ice skating rink.

A special 100th birthday greeting to Lorraine Boy on May 11th. Lorraine received birthday congratulations from President Obama, Governor Quinn, possibly two popes since the party was being planned between popes, Senators Durbin, and Kirk, Mayor Calderone and who knows who else. Lorraine has been a lifetime Forest Parker, lifetime Catholic and a lifelong friend to everyone who knows her.

Born on Chicago’s west side, she went to Holy Ghost grammar school. After marrying she and her husband Howard Sr. moved to Forest Park where she has lived ever since. Her husband was ill for more than twenty years but Lorraine kept her job at Alden’s while caring for him all the while. They had three sons Howard (Bud), James and Thomas.

Congratulations and goodbye for a job well done to Lois Bugajsky who retired from the Forest Park Elementary District 91 school board this week after 32 years of service.

Saint Bernardine held its annual May Crowning Tuesday followed by a salad buffet and a game of “crazy dice.” Get well wishes to parishioners Cathy Marousek, Nancy Keller, Marcia Gunderson, and Alice Horan.

More congratulations are in order for the beautiful, graceful Angelina Giuliano. Angelina or “Lina,” is the daughter of Ed and Nicole Guilino, and granddaughter of Don and Lydia Giuliano. Ed grew up in Forest Park attended our schools. He Nicole and Angelina are now living in Berkley.

Even more congratulations and a big welcome to new Forest Park citizen , Henry William Thom, son of Frank Thom and his wife, Katie Karrow. Baby Henry was born March 3, 2013. His protective dog is Murray. Don’t mess with Murray.

Speaking of dogs, my cousin was in town visiting and attending a convention at the Marriott. One of his Chicago tourist experiences was visiting the Field Museum and the caves at Lascaux on exhibit there. A gross, to say the least, oversight of the exhibit is the omission of the name of the DOG who actually discovered the caves in 1940. They don’t even give the dog’s name, but you can see a black and white photo of him. As the story is told, a boy was playing with his dog one afternoon when the dog ran off. He fell into a hole and as the boy reached where the dog was and tried to retrieve the fellow, more earth kept falling away. They dug and dug and soon found the wondrous cave with all its passageways and beautiful, sensitive drawings from 20,000 years ago! The dog was saved and, as they say, the rest is history.

Another adventure my cousin undertook was finding President Obama’s house in Hyde Park. He found the corner, but the house is totally shrouded in enormous evergreen trees, a tiny tip of a cupola on the roof is all that could be seen.

The men with my cousin’s group also went to the Cubs game (They WON) and then to Harry Caray’s for dinner. Harry Caray’s estate still gives generously to Miserecordia.

He (the cousin, not Harry Caray) ended his visit with a stop at the Hellenic Museum on Halsted where he learned the trials of Socrates will be explored on Thursdays until June 6, 6:30 until 8 pm. Call 312,655.1234, ext. 29 for more information.

Oak Park Concert Chorale, conducted by St.John’s Paul Lindblad, is holding auditions for its 2013-2014 season. Singers are needed for all voice parts (Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses). Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-10:00 pm in Forest Park. For more information or to schedule an audition please call 847-420-9200, email info@oakparkconcertchorale.org.

Happy birthday to Carrie Schwebl, Kylie Earing, Tracie Karlin, L.A. Goodman, John V. Grimes, Chris Fuko, Taylor Hollis, Diane Dylewski, Mary Ann Geraci, Tyler Kuttnaur, Andy Madden, Claire Hansen, and Yvette Manaois. Happy anniversary to Vince and Robin Cirrintano, Bob and June Isslehard, Ellen and Morris O’Connor.

Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life's other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side...